Everton have competed in the top flight division for 108 seasons, more than any other English club. But to continue this record-breaking feat, Tim Cahill has warned that the Toffees must sort out their well-documented financial issues as an absolute priority.

There has been some well-documented fan unrest following the lack of activity from the Merseyside outfit in the transfer window, with Everton only bringing two players to the club on loan. But Cahill has urged fans to realise this was a necessary step for the club.

"Everybody wants to see new faces and change, but sometimes it can't be done. We are balancing the books and we want to be a football club that's going to be around for a very long time," said the Australian international.


The Socceroo's midfielder also commented on the transfer of playmaker Mikel Arteta, who left Goodison Park on the last day of the summer transfer window to join Arsenal.

"It's not personal. This is business. This is football. Mikel has been a great servant to the club," he added.

Despite Arteta being one of Cahill's "closest friends", he sticks to his mantra of 'sense at Everton', commenting: "We got some great money for him…I think it's worked out well for everyone."

Cahill is also looking at the positives on the pitch, despite dropping two points over the weekend when Gabriel Agbonlahor equalised late for Aston Villa.

"The performance against Villa shows the start of us being positive, and that we have some real quality here still."

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